Feb 18, 2013 12:30am PST
bringing things to the brink with things like the debt ceiling, which i've been very vocal about republicans should not try to have that fight on the debt ceiling. but we have a budgeting problem in washington where, you know, the senate can essentially just walk away from the game of doing a budget in washington. that's never happened before. and now it's happened three years in a row. so the only way this system can budget is to do it on these crisis points. >> we have a budget problem, michael. and president squarely addressed the middle class this week. did you find it effective? how much time does a second-term president really have to implement a domestic agenda? >> i think about six to eight months because what happens is, even lbj in '65 or fdr in '37, after the enormous landslides, the two biggest congresses in the last 100 years, they knew if they waited longer than six to eight months, members of congress would be thinking about the next re-election. that he would always be a lame duck in the first year of his second term. so i think the president is right to act fast.
Feb 18, 2013 3:00am PST
raising the debt ceiling in 2006? he talked about the staggering deficits and the staggering debt. that was six, seven years ago. so the president's now going to wait two or three more years? i mean, i think you're right. i think that's what he's doing, but how long do we push that out before we start worrying about -- >> that lack of continuity you can find on both sides, which is why they have to do it together. i don't know how else. >> exactly. and paul wrote columns back in 2002, 2003 worrying about the deficit when george w. bush was in the white house, saying we couldn't afford the iraq war because the deficits were just too high. we couldn't afford tax cuts because the deficits were just going to be too high. >> different paul krugman. >> different president, actually. different party. >> all right. you can get all of our must-read opinion pages on our website. while you're there, check out my latest blog on tina tchen, first lady michelle obama's chief of staff. it's part of my women of values series. she is awesome. >> she's great. >> full disclosure, friend of mine. spe